Back in the mid 2000's I made it my life's mission to get my hands on every edible-smelling product on the market. It was costly - back then gourmand fragrances were all the rage and the number of brands popping up to offer their own take on 'cookie dough' or 'devil's food cake' were two a penny. By the end of that 'phase' which lasted me for at least a few years and concluded with an awful lot of binned products I had stumbled upon Laura Mercier's range. I found the 'Creme Brulee' a bit too sickly sweet for my likings but the Creme de pistache was absolutely spot-on. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savoury. Salted pistachio biscuits are about the closest comparison I can make. You definitely smell the salt and also a tiny hint of caramel or vanilla (not sure which). Personally I don't find it has great moisturising properties, 'adequate' would be the more appropriate word, but let's be honest I'm not purchasing this for its ability to moisturise, I'm purchasing because I want my skin to smell amazing! And it lasts. I can usually detect a hint of it on my clothes the following day after applying it.
In short: YUM!
So weird. So, so weird. It smells like pistachio ice cream, caramelized nuts, nana's cold cream, and salt. I don't know how a body creme can smell salty, but it does. On it's own, it's intriguingly strange and lovely, but not something I reach for often. Layered with a few spritzes of rosewater, it's divine. I walk around all day smelling of a fine Middle Eastern pastry shop and I love it, and I'm not even a gourmand kind of girl (in fact, the Laura Mercier gourmands are the only ones I really like).
Creme de Pistache + rosewater is the perfect fragrance if you're looking for something exotic and unique, but not too strong. The fragrance lasts all day, and the texture of the creme is gorgeous. . .silky and light.
This product is soooo lovely! I am not a girl who likes perfumes much and I absolutely hate any scented bath and body products but this is heaven! I was gifted the Creme de Pistache body wash! It is so creamy and smooth. The scent is sweet but not too sweet, and it definitely doesnt smell like food. It is more complex than that. I would say anyone who usually likes gourmand products will love this.
Though expensive, this product is worth the money. the light and silky texture is divine and deeply moisturises the skin, leaving my legs super smooth. The smell is sweet and nutty like caramelised nuts with a huge dollop of cream yum yum my favourite of the Laura Mercier Gourmande body souffles
When I was doing my masters, I worked in an array of Manchester department stores, and one of the counters I worked on was right next to Laura Mercier. Though my love affair with Laura Mercier's gourmands started with Creme Brulee, the crazy sweetness and creaminess never prompted me to part with my cash. Pistache is just right, though - nutty, creamy, toasted, but also dries down to have enough of a tinge of French face cream to not be unbearably gourmand.
I don't own this, I own the hand cream, but I can't find it here! However, I love it, it's moisturizing and the scent is amazing, very nutty :)
milktoast24 nailed this one in her review below. It is indeed "warm, sweet, delicious, [and] creamy," gourmand but somehow not foody. I find the opening note a bit overwhelmingly bitter almond, but that rapidly abates and you're left with the wonderful, slightly nutty, but above all creamy scent of Creme de Pistache. The quality is superb--the souffle is heavenly to apply, and the fragrance lingers for nearly 24 hours. You do not need to layer this or wear another fragrance with this one--it stands alone, beautifully. Despite the price, I will repurchase again and again.
Very expensive and admittedly I am having to save up for a full size now that my sample has run out! But so worth it. On me this smells like a sweet pistachio biscuit. Lasts quite a while too. Very yummy and one which others will notice you have got on too! Wish there was a matching shower gel in this and that it wasn't so damn expensive...
I got a sample of this and fell in love with the scent - it smells exactly like spumoni tastes. Creamy and sweet, pistachio-y. I love the way it feels - I'd say it was the perfect bakery scented body cream if it didn't have parabens. I don't mind parabens as much in things you use tiny amounts of, like eyeshadow or mascara. In body products, the last thing I want to see in the ingredients list is preservatives and chemicals...I was very surprised. Other than that, this was a win for me.
It looks like I'm in the minority here, but I found this smell to be awful. The formula was nice, though.